Newsletter No. 22

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 13th August 2021

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Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

This week we have had student conferences. It was great to see a number of students and parents engaging in opportunities to discuss learning. 40% of our families attended over the two evenings. Thank you to all those who came. If you didn’t manage to make it you can still contact teachers directly and make an appointment to see them.

The teacher only day was a big success. Our NCEA staff had a look at the new standards that will come into effect from 2023. There was lots of discussion around how this will affect course design. The rest of the school worked with our professional development facilitators on collaborative planning. We then finished off the day with an hour looking at PB4L where we looked at incident examples and discussed ways to deal with them. If you would like to look at more information about PB4L please click on the link PB4L

We have started our processes for out of zone enrolment. We are currently advertising 50 spaces for 2022. If you plan on enrolling a child in 2022 or you know of people wanting to enroll please check out the enrolment page of the website and complete the enrolment application pack.

This month the concerns and complaints policy is up for review. You can provide feedback on this policy by heading to the school website, logging into the policy site and using the feedback button in the top right corner of the policy. Feedback needs to be provided before the September board meeting to be considered in the review.

At assembly this week we talked about the upcoming cross country. Cross country is a whole school event where participation is encouraged. Please talk with your child about giving it a go. Even if running is not something they enjoy, there is a lot of fun and school spirit created through these events. Parents are welcome to come, a schedule for the day will be shared closer to the event.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

Expressions of interest - Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy:

We have a casual vacancy position available which we are seeking expressions of interest for. Our aim is to fill this position through a selection process. We are seeking a person who believes they have a skillset that will benefit the school and work towards achieving the School Vision and Charter through effective Governance.

If becoming a trustee is of interest to you and you would like to be considered please complete an ‘Eligibility-declaration’ form. Forms are available from the school office or contact the office to request an email copy,

The completed form along with a supporting statement advising why you think you would suit this position should then be emailed to the Board Secretary or drop your application in to the school office. Please note the remainder term on the Board for this casual vacancy is to November 2023.

Applications for the casual vacancy close at 3pm, 13th August. If you have any queries at all or would like more information about what being a trustee entails and the time commitment in being a trustee please email the Board Chair, Owein Greaves

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Coming up next week at Onewhero Area School, it’s our Arts and Culture Evening.

This is a fabulous night of entertainment designed to enable young people to take the stage in all the different areas of the Performing Arts. The evening will showcase the many different groups and individuals engaging in different areas of the Performing Arts throughout our school; both within and outside the classroom. Students aged from 6 to 17 will be singing, dancing, acting, and playing musical instruments, in a diverse and imaginative array of acts.

Among the different groups and individuals performing are our Senior Music students, our Kapa Haka Group, our Afterschool Drama Group as well as various bands, singers and soloists.

Come along and help us celebrate the Performing Arts in our school.

The Arts and Culture Evening will take place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th at 6.30pm, in the Onewhero Community Hall. Entry is $5.00 adults and $2.00 children.

Onewhero Ag Day 2021 - Saturday 2nd October

Ag Day Volunteers ... We need your help!

An Ag Day jobs spreadsheet is now available online at

Each job includes a brief description, an estimate of the time commitment involved and when the job needs to be done. Simply add your name and contact details next to the job(s) you're interested in and we'll be in touch closer to Ag Day. If you are not comfortable sharing your contact details in a public document, then add your name to the spreadsheet and email your contact details to Thank you!

Ag Day entries are OPEN!
Calves born after 24 June 2021, and lambs and goats born after 1 July 2021 are eligible for entry in this year’s Ag Day, as are dogs, and the chickens that were ordered through the school in Term Two.
Entry is open to Onewhero Area School students in Years 1-8, and preschool-aged children who live in the school's zone. School-aged children are permitted to enter one animal (lamb, goat, calf or dog) plus chickens. Preschool-aged children (3-4 yrs) are permitted to enter a lamb or a goat, which they parade/lead before the main event.

Simply complete the online entry form at

Entries close Friday 26 August 2021, no exceptions.

Daffodil Day:

This year Daffodil Day, one of The Cancer Society’s main fundraisers is being held on Friday 27th August. We have once again registered our school to take part in this fundraising event. Friday the 27th will be a non-uniform day, and students and staff are encouraged donate a gold coin to the cause, and to come to school dressed in bright colours – particularly daffodil colours. There will also be other opportunities to participate in daffodil day with writing and colouring, and other activities. More information about these will be given in next week’s newsletter.

Daffodil Day symbolises hope for all New Zealanders impacted by cancer. Sadly, every day 71 New Zealanders receive a cancer diagnosis. As a school we can help families in our community affected by cancer by participating in Daffodil Day. $24 helps to provide transport to and from cancer treatment. $58 helps to fund counselling for cancer patients and their whaanau. $107 helps to provide accommodation for those travelling to treatment, and $150 contributes to research that improves prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Last year we raised over$600.00. Let’s join together and see what we can achieve this year.


Campbell Tyson Graduate Programme

Do you have a passion for numbers and problem solving? Year 12 & 13 students are invited to attend an information evening at Campbell Tyson about their Graduate Programme, Thursday 12th August, 3.30-6.30pm. Please see attached flyer.

Massey University Experience Days and Open Days

Massey University are holding a number of events aimed at Year 11 – 13 students interested in science.

Engineering and Food Technology Experience Day, Saturday 14th August, 10am – 3pm. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about studying Engineering and Food Technology with hands on workshops at the Albany Campus.

Day of Science, Saturday 4th September, 10am – 2pm, Interactive VR experiences, hands on experiments, and problem solving challenges. Expert scientists in everything from micro-organisms to dolphins, molecules to climate change, COVID to statistics, will be present on the day to answer questions.

Ask Me Anything, Tuesday 7th September, 4.30 – 6pm. The online Ask Me Anything series starts with a webinar with a panel of current students and graduates talking about their journey with studying Vet Science at Massey University.

At our Campus Visit Days we invite you, your friends and whanau to physically tour our campuses and see some of our facilities. These are designed to complement your Virtual Open Days experience, showing you what the campus has to offer and an opportunity to meet staff in person. Wellington Campus Visit Day Friday 20th August, 9am to 2pm. Auckland Campus Visit Day Saturday 21st August, 11am to 2pm.

Women in Trade Event

Do you like problem solving? Do you want a job that keeps you active? Are you interested in how things are built? Come and find your new career at the 2021 Womens in Trade Conference, Thursday 19th August, 3pm at the Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau. For tickets or further information please see

Victoria University Open Day

Victoria University of Wellington are holding their on campus Open Day on Friday 20th August. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the courses and accommodation available at Victoria as well as explore the campuses. To register or to find out further information please see

Waikato University Virtual Open Day

Interested in finding out more about studying at Waikato University? Waikato are holding a Virtual Open Day on Wednesday 25th August. To register or for further information visit

Otago University Programmes

Year 12 Pasifika students with an interest in attending university, are invited to apply for the Otago University Ambition Program. Held at the Dunedin campus, Sunday 10th to Tuesday 12th October, the program includes interactive workshops from four divisions, Health Sciences, Business, Humanities, and Sciences. Students must be in Year 12 and of Pacific descent. Apply online Applications close Friday 27th August. For further information please contact Kitiona Pasene, Pacific Liaison Officer, on email

Hands-On at Otago for students in Year 12 or 13 in 2022. Experience a week of University life at Otago Dunedin campus, 16-21 January 2022. Sciences, Humanities, Business and Health Sciences. Apply online at Applications close Friday 24th September. For further information visit or

email or phone 0800 80 80 98.

Poutama Scholarships Applications are now open for the Poutama Scholarships that provide a wonderful opportunity for students of Māori descent (entering year 12 or 13 in 2022) to participate in the weeklong Hands-On at Otago programme. The successful applicants will travel to Dunedin from Sunday 16 to Friday 21 January 2022 to experience a week of serious fun! To apply online for both Hands-On at Otago and a Poutama scholarship, please use this link:

AUT Live Open Day

You are invited to AUT LIVE on Saturday 28 August. Join us to explore your study options at AUT’s open day on the City Campus in Auckland’s CBD. Attend detailed info sessions, discover our world-class facilities, and meet exceptional academic staff who will guide you on your university journey in 2022 and beyond. Register now to join us for AUT LIVE to make sure you receive updates and information about the event.

Auckland University Open Day

Open Day On Campus Saturday 28 August, 9am–3.30pm.

Whether you know exactly what you want to study, or are yet to decide, our Open Day is a great chance to explore study options and career opportunities. Meet and talk with our staff and current students, and experience what it’s like to be a student on campus. We encourage interested students to register now for updates in the lead-up to Open Day.

For those travelling to Auckland, our bus registrations are now open and students are able to register their seat on these buses. Seats are limited so please encourage your students to visit to register which will then allow students to click on the links to register for the buses. Details of the Open Day bus timetable, Open Day timetable and Open Day programme can be found at

Fairview Automotive Courses

Applications are now open for 2022 full time Automotive courses at Fairview in Hamilton.

NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) - open to students who have not yet achieved NCEA Level 2;

NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) - open to students who have achieved NCEA Level 2 and above;

Places on all courses are likely to fill up fast so please apply early. See Pam at the Careers Office for a brochure or visit

NZ Defence Force

NZDF are currently recruiting for:

Airforce Airmen – applications close 30 August 2021; training starts 10 January 2022.

*Aircraft technician * Communications & information systems technician *Electronic technician (aviation) * Intelligence specialist * Logistics specialist * Medic * RNZAF security forces

Army Soliders – applications close 4 October 2021; training starts 14 February 2022.

*Ammunition technician * Armourer * Automotive technician * Chef * Combat driver * Dental assistant * Electrical fitter * Electronics technician * Infantry * Maintenance fitter * Medic * Movement operator * Steward * Supply technician

Army Officers – applications close 14 September 2021; training starts 10 January 2022.

*Army officers

Navy Sailors – applications close (tbc) October 2021; training starts 21 February 2022.

*Combat system specialist * Communications warfare specialist * Cryptologic technician * Diver *Electronic technician * Hydrographic operator * Marine technician * Medic * Seamanship combat specialist * Steward

Navy Officers – applications close 20 July 2021; training starts 17 January 2022.

*Hydrographic survey officer * Mine clearance diving officer * Warfare officer

For further information please visit or phone 08001FORCE.

Appointments can also be made with a recruiter at the Manukau Recruiting Office, Level 1 Westfield Shopping Centre, Manukau City Mall; phone 09 2360040.

Wintec Sport Experience Day

Wintec are holding an experience day for Year 12 & 13 students interested in sport science, outdoor adventure, personal training, exercise, or fitness to visit their campus and find out more about the industries and what Wintec offers in these fields. Thursday 2nd September, 9.30am – 2.30pm at Wintec Rotokauri Campus in Hamilton. For further information or to register please see

Manukau Institute of Technology

MIT are holding their Open Day on Saturday 18th September, 10am to 12noon, at the MIT Manukau Campus. To register or for further information please visit

Year 13 Key Dates

All tertiary providers have slightly different dates but as a general rule of thumb:

Mid-June – Early-July – Scholarship applications open

1 August – University Accommodation applications open

Mid – End-August – Scholarship applications due

Early-September – 2022 Study Applications open

15 September – Accommodation CCRF due (school reference to support accommodation application)

Mid – End-September – Accommodation offers sent out

Mid-December – 2022 Study Applications close*

*Please check individual provider websites for actual dates for specific scholarships, accommodation and program application deadlines.

Course Planning Sessions

Course Planning sessions have been booked for any university bound Year 13 students. The purpose of these sessions are to assist with individual degree planning, paper selection, and to answer any queries students (or parents) may have around enrolment or university study/life. These sessions are extremely beneficial and I would strongly recommend anyone considering university study to attend them, even if it is just a ‘maybe’ and they are undecided.

  • Waikato University, Friday 13th August, 11.30am
  • Canterbury University, Monday 30th August, 11.30am
  • AUT, Tuesday 31st August, 11.30am
  • Otago University, Wednesday 1st September, 11.30am
  • Auckland University, Thursday 2nd September, 11.30am
  • Massey University, Friday 3rd September, 11.30am
  • Victoria University, Wednesday 22nd September, 2pm

Tertiary Scholarships

MoneyHub, a personal finance website, has a comprehensive guide to school leaver university scholarships. The resource is extensively for 2021's Year 13 students:
We would strongly recommend any Year 13 student considering tertiary studies in 2022 to start looking at available scholarships now. Generally applications close in August.

Forestry Scholarship

Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau Forestry Scholarships are now open to applicants who are Maori and/or female, enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science at University of Canterbury or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forestry Engineering at University of Canterbury. Applications close 15 August 2021.

For further details see or email or phone 0800 00 83 33.

Keystone Scholarships

Keystone School Leaver Scholarships are now open for Year 13 students looking to study a degree relating to the property and construction sector. Applications close 13 August. For further details see

Otago University Health Science Scholarship

The University of Otago, Māori Health Workforce Development Unit is pleased to inform that applications for the Tū Kahika pathways scholarship are now open. Tū Kahika is a one year preparation course that prepares Māori students academically for their first year of tertiary study and a future career in Māori health. Tū Kahika students receive guaranteed accommodation in a Residential College, and financial assistance towards tuition fees and accommodation costs. The main requirement is that students have a aspiration in a career in health. Studying science subjects at level 2 and 3, and their involvement or interest in te Ao Māori will strengthen their application however we strongly encourage all students with aspirations in health.

For further information please refer to the link below. Applications close 15th of August, 2021.

CV Templates and Interview Preparation

MoneyHub has useful resources covering CVs ( and practice questions for interviews (

If you have any questions or would like further information on any of the above, please feel free to contact Pam McArley on

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OAS Sport 2021:


We communicate through the following channels:

1/ Our weekly Newsletter, sent out to all email addresses in our school database. If you change your email address, please inform the school office

2/ Kamar notices ; for students, read out at the start of the day. These notices are also visible for parents in the school app and via the website

2/ School Facebook page and website

3/ School Instagram page (more directed to students and a celebration of sport)

4/ School app – it is important to download the school app and register for the alerts you wish to keep up to date with. (ie ALL sport, or specified sport)

5/ For specific tournaments and opportunities, letters and permission slips will be handed out to the students. Please return permission slips before the cut off deadline or your child may not be able to participate. This is because of our own registration deadlines to event organisers, organisation of transport arrangements and Risk Assessment preparation deadlines, all of which will need to be done well before the event.

6/ General sports info is on our Sport website, accessible via the school website

Please visit our school sport website for all regular updates:


Due to the overwhelming interest from students in the upcoming Whangamata Sports exchange, and our limitations on places available, we will be holding trials for some of the sports we currently do not have teams for at school. All students who put their name down for any of those sports are welcome to trial. You need to be at the trials in order to be considered for the team. Due to the limited number we can take to Whangamata, students will need to be selected for several sports in order to be able to come. The following trials will be held over the next few days:

Thursday 12 August BREAK 1: Volleyball Boys Yr 11-13

Thursday 12 August 2.40pm – 3.30pm: Basketball Boys Yr 9-10

Monday 16 August BREAK 1: Ki – O -Rahi Mixed Yr 9-10

Tuesday 17 August BREAK 1: Ki – O –Rahi Mixed Yr 11-13

Thursday 19 August BREAK 1: Volleyball Boys Yr 9-10

Football Girls Yr 9-13

Friday 20 August BREAK 1: Football boys Yr 9-13


Good luck to our Senior teams for their Semi Finals and Finals!

For all draws and results click here:

Junior games:

Draw and results click here:


Our Hockey team has fused with Strathallan for this year’s season. Trainings are Wednesday after school at the Tuakau College Hockey Turf. Any players still wanting to join or give hockey a try, you are more than welcome!

For draws and results:

Good luck to all players! Have fun!


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Sport Dates 2021

A lot of dates have been added to the school calendar so far. More will be added as information becomes available. Please check the calendar regularly for any updates.

5 August

Year 7/8 Franklin Netball Tournament

5 – 10 September

AIMS Tournament Week

16-17 September

Whangamata Sports Exchange Years 9-13

18-19-20 November

Auckland Junior Volleyball Championships

22-26 November

Junior Volleyball Championships

General Information:

New Uniform (available at school office):


Polar Fleece Vests (size 8, 10) $15.00

Cargo Shorts (size 4 - 1 only left) $22.90

Culottes (size 4, 8, 10, 12, 14) $26.60


Boys & Girls belt loop shorts (size 10, 12, 14,) $22.90

Boys & Girls belt loop shorts (size 76, 96, 100, 104, 108) $22.90

Boys & Girls trousers (size 76, 80) $30.70

Girls poly viscose skirt (size 52, 57, 92, 97) $39.20

Boys short sleeve white shirt (size 12 x 3 only) $33.90

Boys & Girls blue polo shirt (size M x 2 only) $25.90

Second Hand School Uniform:

Thank you to the families that have donated second hand school uniform to sell. All money raised is being used to purchase new books in the Junior School. If you have any old uniforms, they can be dropped at the school office.

We still have lots of items for sale. You can come to Room 7 at 3:00 on Mondays to have a look, or send an email to to request items. Each item is $10 and can be paid in cash or by internet banking to 06 0405 0217064 00. Please reference child’s name and “2nd hand uniform”

Auckland Regional Dental Service:

Kia ora

For information about the Children’s Community Dental Service (Auckland Regional Dental Service) during COVID-19, please refer to our website:

Our website will always contain the most up-to-date information for our service at each Alert Level.

Due on site at OAS Term 4.

Kind regards

The Children Community’s Dental Service

Computer & Network Engineer:

J & D Computer Services - Jane Young

Phone: 09 2328 007 Mobile: 021 067 1195

Email: Web:

We offer a wide range of services to help you get the most out out your computers...

  • computer repair & upgrading
  • virus removal
  • business documents
  • sales - new & used
  • data recovery
  • internet security
  • networks
  • tuition

Community Notices:

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Waikato District Council are currently undertaking a review on how effective the current representation arrangements are within our District. As a consequence of this review, ward and community boards boundaries are likely to change. Following consultation with interest groups, we have come up with an initial proposal that is likely to effect your community. There is a current proposal to split the current Onewhero/Tuakau Community Board and replace the “western” side of the river with a community committee. We NEED to hear whether you agree or disagree with this. If you disagree, we want to hear what you WOULD like to see. We are now taking submissions - you have until Friday 20th August 5pm to enter a submission. Council facilitated community drop-in sessions have been planned for Tuesday 3rd August, Pukekawa Hall 6pm and Tuesday 10th August 5.30pm Tuakau Town Hall. Please come along, be informed and ask your questions of staff and councillors. Please follow the link to find out more; or alternatively I am available through email;<>

Many thanks

Carolyn Eyre

Onewhero/Te Akau ward councillor


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